There are numerous reasons why businesses or people are switching to a different web hosting service provider. It can be due to the fact that they need greater bandwidth or storage space or perhaps, they’re not satisfied with the level of customer service they get. While it seems to be a daunting task to switch to a new web hosting provider, things don’t need to be complicated actually as there are few things that you have to set as a reminder.
It is recommended to keep your existing web hosting account to be open until the whole transition process is completed which includes email setup and creation, new account setup, file transfer, propagation and DNS modification. Through this, you can be certain that your website accounts and domain will keep on running throughout the transition. While searching for new host, consider the following.
Operating System (OS) – it basically depends on technologies that your site needs like for example, when your site needs Microsoft, there are specific technologies such as MS ACCESS, MSSQL or ASP required in which, you should find a hosting plan that has Windows platform.
Bandwidth requirements and disk space – make sure that you’ve created a copy of your former site by just downloading the old account files. It is recommended that you download files the same structure where you like to upload it. Look for files that you want to set on any folder or file. This is a relatively easy task that can be carried out through FTP. As a matter of fact, there are several free web hosting firms though not providing FTP access. This is true especially when using drag-and-drop/flash site creation service for free.
In regards to this matter, you can’t download your current files on the web and you have to recreate it for new web files. Try figuring out if your new hosting company is providing free website creator. In an effort to prevent the same problem to happen, you should make sure that your new hosting provider is offering FTP access.
Setup the similar email add – to be sure that you receive emails, you should retain the same email aliases, email addresses plus forwarders.
DNS changes plus propagation – when your website files are uploaded to the new hosting server as well as email accounts are recreated, then it will require DNS changes to be made. Usually, you receive your DNS by the time you’ve signed up with new web hosting company.